The Atlas Lionesses are closer than ever to winning their first continental title, after qualifying for the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN-2022) at the expense of their Nigerian counterparts in the semi-finals (1-1 , 5-4 tabs).
The Moroccan women’s selection will cross swords on Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat, in the final, with its South African counterpart, qualified at the expense of Zambia (1-0).
The Lionesses of the Atlas signed a brilliant course during this continental competition by achieving a full card during the group stage. They won against Burkina Faso (1-0), Uganda (3-1), Senegal (1-0), before beating Botswana in the quarter-finals (2-1) and reaching for the first times in the history of Moroccan women’s football at the 2023 World Cup scheduled for Australia and New Zealand.
The South African team also scored a full house by beating Nigeria (2-1), Burundi (3-1), Botswana (1-0) in the group stage, before winning against Tunisia. (1-0) in the quarter-finals and get his ticket to the World Cup.
This final promises to be fiercely contested between South Africa, which will spare no effort to be crowned, and the Moroccan national team, driven by the desire to win the first title in the history of Morocco and to North Africa.
To achieve their objective and complete this course in the best possible way, the players of the national team are called upon to concentrate throughout the match, avoid false passes and transform each opportunity in front of the South African net into a aim.
The factors of the field and the public will work in favor of the Atlas Lionesses and will be an additional motivation to clinch the continental title, in particular after having overcome the Nigerians, favorites of this competition which they won at 11 occasions.
In this regard, the goalkeeper of the Moroccan women’s team, Khadija Er-Rmichi, said that the group has been eager for this title for years, noting that the interest of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the means put in place place have largely contributed to the development of women’s football in Morocco.
“The final is won and not played. South Africa showed a good level and the match will be played between two strong teams. We will defend our chances and play this game, like the other games, with great concentration.she added.
For his part, national coach Reynald Pedros noted that “South Africa are a good team and this match will be a good final. Every match has been difficult since the start of the CAN. We hope to play well and win.”
Reynald Pedros did not hide his fascination with Moroccan supporters and their role in qualifying, noting that “it’s an incomparable feeling when you feel all this enthusiasm, and the people who support us. I think the number of supporters was around 50,000 and in all honesty, it was great”.
Moroccan supporters will undoubtedly exceed the 45,000 who were present during the match against Nigeria, thus achieving a new record in the history of women’s football in Africa.